Tuesday 3rd May 2016 – 1122.21 miles
It rained and was quite windy overnight but we didn’t get blown away!
We managed to get the tent down and packed away before the rain started again.
An easy walk today – just as well as the wind and rain made things difficult at times. Fortunately the sun came out often enough to make things a bit easier.
After 4 miles we saw a welcome sight in the distance – The Crask Inn. We weren’t sure whether it was open or not so we knocked on a side door. Isobel answered the door and welcomed us in. Michael offered us coffee and showed us into the main bar. He came back about 5 minutes later with logs and lit the log burner. Before long the room was warm and cosy.
Isobel came in with a tray of coffee and shortbread. Michael’s wife Kai came to join us too and we all enjoyed a pot of coffee together. We talked for a while then we were left to our own devices. I finished writing the blog for yesterday and we shared a second pot of coffee. We enjoyed the company of two of Michael’s dogs – Gil the youngster and Ned the dad.
Ned slept in front of the fire and Gil mooched about and obviously likes company. We stayed for lunch too – delicious home made celery soup with bread and butter. Eventually the time came for us to continue our journey. We paid for our coffee and lunch and Michael gave us a donation – thanks Michael and Kai for your warm welcome, hospitality and your donation too.
The next few hours of walking was generally downhill and the weather was sunshine, rain and rainbows.
We reached Altnaharra and the welcoming sight of the Altnaharra Hotel. We had planned to camp for the night but we were so wet and soggy we decided to have a night’s B&B instead.
We went into the Ghillies Bar and ordered a beer each and it was luxury from then on. Our room was cosy and comfortable. Dave took our wet things down to the drying room and, after a lovely hot bath, we went down for supper – a fish supper for Dave and scampi and chips for me.
A perfect end to the day.